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has the gop candidate leading 49%-47%. a pew research poll also gave romney the lead. president obama leads a separate gallup poll in a survey of re registered voters. romney is focusing in the battleground state of ohio for the second day today. no republican has won the election without winning ohio. >>> a congressional committee will meet today to discuss last month's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it's expected to focus on serious missteps by the state department. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed in that attack. a state department official will be one of the witnesses to testify before the house oversight committee. he is expected to deny reports the state department ignored requests for additional security in libya in the weeks before the attack. >>> today the supreme court will hear a case on whether race should be a factor considered in college admissions. the nine justices will hear the case of abigail fisher. she says she was denied admission to the university of texas austin in 2008 because she's white. the university says she was denie
:00. >>> mitt romney has enjoyed a boost in several polls from a strong debate performance, but it's a new poll out this morning of voters in swing states that may hold the most encouraging news for the former governor. the poll by nbc news, marist and "wall street journal" shows romney closing the gap in three states. ohio, florida, and right here in virginia. it is virginia that is considered one of the most importan states of this election where romney is really gaining some ground. he now leads the president there 48% to 47%. that is a three-point swing from last week when he trailed by two points. in ohio is where we're also seeing some new numbers this morning. the president still leads there, though. romney has gained two points, though, in the last week to shrink the advantage to 51-45 right now. the president also leading in florida this morning, but only by one percentage point, well within the margin of error for this poll. the only good news for the president here, it is the same lead he held during last week's poll. >> while mitt romney can't be in all key states all the time, his
. >>> this morning, republican presidential hopeful mitt romney is closing the gap in the latest poll. according to the politico/george washington university poll, if the election were held today, 49% of americans would vote for the president, and 48% would vote for romney. today mitt romney will deliver a major foreign policy speech. the speech, called the mental of leadership, is the candidate's tenth foreign policy address since 2011. the former massachusetts governor links the attack on the american consulate in benghazi last month to al qaeda saying, "the attacks on america last month should not be seen as random acts. they are expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the middle east. these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others." >>> today president obama will wrap up his two-day fund-raising trip in california. he will also announce the establishment of the cesar chavez national monument. at a concert, he poked fun at himself in a recent debate performance. >> everyone here is incredible professionals, such great
the big winner in that first debate, mr. romney has faced a larger, more enthusiastic crowd ever since. campaigning wednesday in the critical battleground state of ohio, trailing in the polls, but narrowing the gap. >> and the key thing i want people across ohio to understand and to ask themselves as you go into the voting booth, as you vote is can we really afford the cost of barack obama? and the answer is no. >> reporter: now tonight's debate will be a town hall format with questions coming from members of the audience. it will focus on both domestic and foreign issues. savannah? >> ron mott, thank you. so what should we expect tonight? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." and chuck todd is the chief white house correspondent. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start with your new poll. florida, ohio, and virginia. the battleground states, we'll put the results on the screen. and what we see is a tight, tight dead heat in florida and in virginia. in ohio, you still see the president hanging on to a lead. i guess you could say that romney
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